Sailing along the Seine River in France, the MS Botticelli is operated by Croisi Europe, with itineraries marketed in the UK by Saga Holidays. Built in 2004, this beautiful river vessel provides equally beautiful cruises along the Seine River, while providing guests with well-appointed public areas and smartly decorated staterooms situated across two decks.
Along with its sister ships – the MS Renoir and the MS France – the MS Botticelli is warm, inviting and modern, and offers a programme of exciting excursions, walks and sightseeing trips that will suit every personality onboard.
The MS Botticelli can accommodate up to 151 passengers – most of whom tend to be European thanks to the Croisi Europe line, but a fair proportion of guests is made up of English speakers, thanks to the Saga brand.
All guests can benefit from the advice of a multilingual host, should you need guidance or recommendations during your river cruise.
The main restaurant is situated on the Upper Deck, and serves breakfast in a buffet format offering an extensive range of dishes, and lunches and dinners in the form of a set three-course menu. Dishes tend to be inspired by French cuisine, ranging from maraichere salad and quiche Lorraine to duck breast, iced nougat and tarte tatin. Vegetarian dishes and special dietary requirements are also well catered for.
Guests can usually enjoy unlimited complimentary drinks, including fine wines, beers, spirits, soft drinks, mineral water and speciality hot beverages. Check what is included in your specific cruise before you book.
There is a lounge/bar onboard, situated on the Upper Deck, which features a full-service bar and a dancefloor. Typically, for 12 hours a day, you can benefit from free drinks in the lounge, excluding champagne, branded spirits and any drinks from the wine list.
Social highlights include a Captain’s welcome cocktail reception, gala evenings and a schedule of enjoyable evening entertainment and crew shows.
During free time, guests have the option of browsing the gift shop or surfing the net thanks to the free Wi-Fi onboard, but the main reason for a river cruise is the sightseeing, guided tours and independent exploration that are available in some of the most beautiful destinations along the Seine River.
Shore visits tend to be divided into ‘walker’ and ‘non-walker’ programmes in order to accommodate every ability. From a five-mile walk along the Alabaster Coast or strolls through protected countryside to coach trips and a leisurely visit to a distillery where you can taste the famous Calvados liqueur, MS Botticelli’s itineraries are extensive and will appeal to all.
Guests can enjoy the use of a complimentary Samsung Galaxy Tablet, and all shore excursions include the use of a wireless audio system to ensure that you don’t miss a thing. Many of the walks utilise hiking paths, with the aid of a qualified guide.
There are 75 staterooms onboard, all decorated beautifully and finished to a high standard. Twenty-four of these cabins can be found on the Upper Deck, while 51 of them are found on the Main Deck. Amenities include comfortable twin or double beds, private bathrooms with shower, individual climate control, satellite TV, hairdryer, radiophone and safe. Every stateroom features outside views, either via panoramic windows or French balconies.
If you’re hoping to unwind and soak up the scenery, the large sundeck is equipped with plenty of deckchairs from which you can enjoy the vistas.
The MS Botticelli offers a number of different itineraries, with popular options being the five day ‘From Paris to the Normandy Coast’ voyage and the slightly longer seven day ‘Norman Coast to Paris’ itinerary.
As part of the five day itinerary, guests travel from Paris to Honfleur, with highlights including a magical night-time tour of Paris, including all of the world-famous sights such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Optional excursions are available at an additional fee, such as sightseeing tours to Versailles Castle, Rouen and Honfleur, as well as a full day poignant tour of the Normandy Beaches. Reservations for these extra excursions are often essential to avoid disappointment.
Alternatively, guests can opt for the seven day itinerary which travels between Honfleur and Paris, and includes a varied programme of sightseeing tours on the way.